Letters of Recommendation

2026CGA

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Does anyone know if we can see our letters at any time? I chose to not waive my right to examine my letter but theres no way for me to see it.
 

ProudMom7

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I'm not sure the answer, but is there a particular reason why you didn't want to waive your rights to examine the letter? In general, recommendation letters where the applicant has NOT waived their right might not have as much impact as those where you did. When you don't waive your rights, some people think that perhaps the person writing the letter might not be as honest with any criticism as they would have been otherwise.
 

BravoRomeo

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I also chose to not waive my right to view my LORs when I applied last year, but there was never an option to view them. The only way you could see the letters is to reach out to your references directly.
 

2026CGA

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I'm not sure the answer, but is there a particular reason why you didn't want to waive your rights to examine the letter? In general, recommendation letters where the applicant has NOT waived their right might not have as much impact as those where you did. When you don't waive your rights, some people think that perhaps the person writing the letter might not be as honest with any criticism as they would have been otherwise.
Quite the contrary actually. I've established great relationships with my rec providers . I have no doubt that they wrote me thorough rec letters that almost perfectly reflect me as a candidate. I just wanted to see them simply out of curiosity, but if its not possible then i would be completely fine.
 

almondqqq

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Quite the contrary actually. I've established great relationships with my rec providers . I have no doubt that they wrote me thorough rec letters that almost perfectly reflect me as a candidate. I just wanted to see them simply out of curiosity, but if its not possible then i would be completely fine.
you need just to ask the people who wrote your letter of rec! Also, I would think the waiving it is better. Also, I agree with Proudmom7 since if I was a admissions officer and saw that, I would a little more cautious about that as well.
 

BravoRomeo

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Quite the contrary actually. I've established great relationships with my rec providers . I have no doubt that they wrote me thorough rec letters that almost perfectly reflect me as a candidate. I just wanted to see them simply out of curiosity, but if its not possible then i would be completely fine.
If I'm not mistaken, ProudMom7 is just saying that when an applicant waives his/her right to view the letter, it generally hints that the reference won't be put under undue pressure to write a positive letter. The email that is sent to the recommenders states whether or not the applicant has waived the right to view the LORs. Either way, I definitely don't think the option is a big factor in the letter's effectiveness.
 

ProudMom7

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If I'm not mistaken, ProudMom7 is just saying that when an applicant waives his/her right to view the letter, it generally hints that the reference won't be put under undue pressure to write a positive letter. The email that is sent to the recommenders states whether or not the applicant has waived the right to view the LORs. Either way, I definitely don't think the option is a big factor in the letter's effectiveness.
Exactly.

@2026CGA, I'm not implying you don't have a great relationship with the people you asked to recommend you. But if the person writing the letter knows you are going to see it, there is always the possibility that they might not be completely forthcoming with any criticism (if they had any).
 

momoftwo

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My daughter could not see any of the letters of rec. that were sent in for her, but they did give a copy to her personally.
 

2026CGA

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Exactly.

@2026CGA, I'm not implying you don't have a great relationship with the people you asked to recommend you. But if the person writing the letter knows you are going to see it, there is always the possibility that they might not be completely forthcoming with any criticism (if they had any).
Ahhh I understand, thank you for clarifying. Do you think it’s a significant factor regarding the letters’ integrity?
 
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